Doesn’t February’s Bloomday just seem sweeter than the rest? Following on the heels of Valentine’s Day and kicking off the beginning of serious spring fever it seems like everyone should be celebrating blooms today! Luckily I have a few to share… Grape Hyacinth is an old-fashioned favorite. As is the Japanese Andromeda, or Pieris japonica. And completing the trio of bell shaped florets (?) is a new Arctostaphylos (waiting to go into the front garden) labeled as ‘Austin Griffiths’, although these are definitely white and everything I read about ‘Austin Griffiths’ says pink flowers. A pair of Hellebores, Helleborus foetidus. And an unknown (tag lost long ago) purple Hellebore. Euphorbia rigida inside the “greenhouse” is blooming its heart out. While the Euphorbia characias wulfenii outside inch ever closer to full spring bloom splendor! That’s it for blooms in my February garden, if you would like to visit more garden blogs celebrating flowers on February 15th visit May Dreams Gardens where Carol corrals all the participating blogs in one location, thanks Carol!
If you are a seed lover (as most gardeners are) this quick note may be of interest...I received an email last week from Kris at Berry Botanic Garden regarding a seed-bank they are starting at Portland State University. As Portland locals may know the Berry Botanic Garden (6.5 acre estate garden in Portland) has closed and the land is up for sale. However the legacy of the gardens is living on in their conservation program, which collects the seed of endangered plants, grows new starts and reintroduces them into their native habitat; they also collect seed from native Oregon plants as insurance for the future. They currently have over 3 million seeds representing over 350 of the region’s rarest and most endangered plants. Their seed-bank project recently received a generous gift from local a philanthropist, and through March 1st he will be matching their fundraising efforts up to $25,000. If you would like to learn more and possibly donate visit their website at http://www.berrybot.org/.